DIana Manister wrote:
> Dear Peter,
> The poem's speaker seems to acknowledge his inadequacies as his own,
> that is he is stuck because of his personal failure.
Not really. The poem's commands to the reader to "Think" include
44Neither fear nor courage saves us. Unnatural vices
45Are fathered by our heroism. Virtues
46Are forced upon us by our impudent crimes.
tears are shaken from the wrath-bearing tree.
The poem is the scene of communion and does specifically touch on what
Peter notes. Neither fear nor courage saves us.